The School of Public Affairs celebrated winning first place in the 2019 faculty and staff giving challenge during a fête at the Ent Center for the Arts.
Senior vice chancellor for university advancement and development Martin Wood took the stage to congratulate the college on a 60 percent participation rate – 30 percent higher than Central Services, which took second place in the challenge.
Wood remarked that when employees give back to the university, “It says they believe in what happens here, that they believe in the mission and vision of what’s going on. They believe in the students. They’re supportive in what’s happening at the university. It sends a powerful message.”
School of Public Affairs dean George Reed spoke to the extraordinary dedication the college shows to its students, noting that their donations funded scholarships for UCCS students with financial need.
“I want you all to know how proud I am of each and every one of you,” Reed said. “It’s one thing to invest in the university because of a competition – but this isn’t about a competition, really. It’s about how much you care for your students.”
“We’re celebrating a culture,” he continued. “That’s what I’m most proud of: that there is a culture in the School of Public Affairs such that you wanted to invest in our students. That is truly worth celebration. It’s an extraordinary thing.”
The Kraemer Family Library took third place in this year’s challenge with 19 percent participation. The College of Business, College of Education and the Student Success division tied for fourth place with 12 percent of staff and faculty participating.